The Springfield-Branson National Airport has set a record for number of travelers for the eighth straight year.
In 2019, the airport had 1,187,068 passengers pass through their doors, an increase of 10.4%, or 111,643 passengers. The airport has seen 62% growth since 2011.
“We really appreciate the community supporting our hometown airport and this unprecedented growth reflects the strong local economy,” airport director Brian Weiler said in a statement. “These numbers also help us build a case with airlines for future air service improvements.”
The airport also saw other records set in 2019. The airport had a record 9,160,446 gallons of aviation fuel delivered over the year, an increase of 15% from 2018.
Freight moved by FedEx and UPS was up 8%, a total of 32,992,967 pounds of cargo. Takeoffs and landings from the airport totaled 63,159, an increase of 9 percent.
The airport says 2020 could be another record year, with airlines increasing the number of seats available on Springfield flights by 8 percent for Spring.